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New shows: Baroness, Tales From Planet Earth film fest, and more.

New shows: Baroness, Tales From Planet Earth film fest, and more.

The week's best Madison show announcements.

  Baroness will play November 29 at The Frequency. Photo by Jimmy Hubbard.

Baroness will play November 29 at The Frequency. Photo by Jimmy Hubbard.

Georgia art-metal heavers Baroness will hit The Frequency on November 29 ahead of the December 18 release of a new album, PurpleInfo/tickets

The Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies' biennial Tales From Planet Earth film festival returns November 6 through 8 at multiple venues, and this year's schedule is up now. Never predictable or didactic in its approach to environmental themes, Tales has consistently assembled a deep selection spanning documentaries, adventurous short films, and thoughtful panel discussions. Among this year's highlights: Documentarian Godfrey Reggio will be on hand for several events in the fest, including a screening of his 1982 documentary Koyaanisqatsi. But the lineup is a big one as usual, so we'd encourage you to dive in and take advantage of this singular gem of a Madison film festival. Also see our recent interview with one of the film curators who helped launch it, Tom Yoshikami. Info

The Level Up music conference, on October 10 at Madison Media Institute, will feature guest appearances from producer Focus..., who worked on Dr. Dre's Compton album, and rapper I-20Info

The steadfastly clean but very funny Brian Regan will play an April 1 stand-up show at the OrpheumInfo/tickets

The Doomtree hip-hop crew's last Madison show sold out the Majestic, but they'll have another all-crew show surprisingly soon, on December 5 at the BarrymoreInfo/tickets

Singer-songwriter Josh Ritter and his Royal City Band will play January 28 at the Barrymore, behind the October 16 release of a new album, Sermon On The RocksInfo/tickets

Podcast: Wendy Schneider on the Evening At Maria's show series

Podcast: Wendy Schneider on the Evening At Maria's show series

Nerd Nite Madison: Christy Marsden on killer plants (audio)

Nerd Nite Madison: Christy Marsden on killer plants (audio)

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